Grilled Baby Eggplant with Yogurt Sauce
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This Middle Eastern-inspired side dish pairs perfectly with grilled lamb or chicken. Use Japanese eggplant for a lovely change of pace.
fat-free plain Greek yogurt¾ cup(s)
kosher salt¾ tsp, divided
ground cumin¼ tsp
minced garlic¼ tsp, very finely minced
paprika¼ tsp, regular or smoked variety, plus extra for garnish
uncooked eggplant(s)1 ¼ pound(s), about 3 baby eggplants
cooking spray2 spray(s)
mint leaves¼ cup(s), fresh, thinly sliced
- In a small bowl, stir together yogurt, water, 1/4 teaspoon salt, cumin, garlic and paprika; set aside for at least 10 minutes for flavors to blend.
- Preheat outdoor grill or stove-top grill pan to medium-high.
- Slice eggplant lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices; coat with cooking spray and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt.
- Grill eggplant until lightly charred and tender, turning as needed, about 8 to 10 minutes; remove to a serving platter or bowl. Spoon yogurt sauce over eggplant; sprinkle with mint and garnish with paprika. Yields about 2 slices of eggplant and 2 tablespoons of sauce per serving.